Bill Keenan

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William Howard "Bill" Keenan III (born April 15, 1986 in New York, New York) is a retired American professional ice hockey player who last played for IF Sundsvall of HockeyAllsvenskan.

Bill Keenan
Bill Keenan - Sundsvall.png
Born (1986-04-15) April 15, 1986 (age 31)
New York, New York, US
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for IF Sundsvall
HC Vita Hästen
Lindlövens IF
EHC Neuwied
White Caps Turnhout
Playing career 2009–2012

Early career[edit]

Keenan played for the New York Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League from 2003-2005. He was voted an EJHL All Star during the 2004-05 season along with his former Apple Core teammate and current NHL defenseman Matt Gilroy.[1] Keenan was originally drafted by the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL but opted to forego major junior hockey and pursue the NCAA route. On December 4, 2004 he committed to play his collegiate hockey at Harvard University.[2]

College career[edit]

Keenan made his collegiate debut on November 5, 2005 against Princeton University at Baker Rink. He scored his first collegiate goal against St. Lawrence University on November 4, 2006 against Alex Petizian at the Bright Arena.[3] Keenan was hampered by numerous injuries in college.[4] He was a college roommate of professional soccer player Mike Fucito.

Professional career[edit]

After a short stint playing for the Turnhout White Caps of the Dutch Eredivisie,[5] Keenan signed with EHC Neuwied of the German Oberliga for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.[6] He tallied 15 goals and 14 assists in 14 games played.

On September 11, 2010 Keenan signed a contract with Lindlövens IF of the Swedish Division 1.[7][8] He went on to record 8 goals and 2 assists in 32 games.

On August 13, 2011 Keenan reportedly signed a one year contract with Kramfors-Alliansen of Hockeyettan. It was also rumored he had agreed on a contract with HC Vita Hästen.[9] On October 19, 2011 in a game against Östersunds IK, Keenan delivered a check to current Frölunda HC defenseman Emil Djuse. Keenan was suspended 5 games for an illegal check to the head.[10][11] Playing alongside former HockeyAllsvenskan forward Johan Chang, Keenan produced 22 goals, 28 assists for 50 points while racking up 117 penalty minutes in 32 games while Chang piled up 28 goals and 37 assists for 65 points in 40 games. Keenan finished second among North Americans in league scoring behind Andrew Fournier. Teammate and fellow American Dean Moore finished first among defenseman in scoring. Keenan also finished second among North Americans in penalty minutes.[12] Following the season, Kramfors-Alliansen transferred both Keenan and Moore's rights to IF Sundsvall of HockeyAllsvenskan before signing forward Mike Danton to a one year contract.[13]


Keenan's first book, Odd Man Rush: A Harvard Kid's Hockey Odyssey from Central Park to Somewhere in Sweden—with Stops along the Way, was published by Skyhorse Publishing in January 2016.[14][15] Vanity Fair published an excerpt from the book in December 2015 calling it "an uproarious new memoir."[16] The Boston Globe reviewed the book saying "Odd Man Rush is a unique item on the bookshelf...Keenan understands the culture [of hockey] and captures it well."[17] The Buffalo News called it "Ball Four meets hockey."[18]

His writing has been featured in Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post,[19] Sports Illustrated,[20] and Yahoo! Sports.[21] He is also a frequent contributor to Stan Fischler's The Fischler Report.


Keenan was born and raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side. He is an alum of St. Bernard's School and Collegiate School. Keenan graduated from Harvard University in 2009 and received his MBA degree from Columbia Business School in 2016. He currently works as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank.


  1. ^ "EJHL All-Star/Future Stars game [Archive] - HFBoards". 2005-01-13. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  2. ^ "US Hockey Report :: Amateur Hockey News December 2004". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  3. ^ Bill Keenan. "The Official Website of Harvard University Athletics: Harvard Athletics - : Bill Keenan". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
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  5. ^ "Turnhout White Caps". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Amerikaner Bill Keenan verstärkt Neuwied | EHC Neuwied - Eishockey News und Infos". Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  7. ^ "client Bill Keenan...". Facebook. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  8. ^ Malin Jansson 019-15 50 65 (2010-09-08). "Bonusamerikan till Lindlöven - Ishockey" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  9. ^ "Jimmy Stålnacke - Blogginlägg - Norrländska Socialdemokraten - NORRLÄNDSKA SOCIALDEMOKRATEN". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  10. ^ Martin Nilsson 063-16 17 18 "Keenan stängs av - över helgen - Hockey" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  11. ^ "Jimmy Stålnacke - Blogginlägg - Norrländska Socialdemokraten - NORRLÄNDSKA SOCIALDEMOKRATEN". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Elite Prospects". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  14. ^ | title=Odd Man Rush: Bill Keenan: 978-1613218174: | publisher=Skyhorse Publishing
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